Chicago Real Estate Industry Celebrates Excellence

November 18, 2010

The HBAGC Key Awards ceremony last night was fantastic.

In its 38th year, the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Chicago presents the prestigious Key Awards annually to industry specialists who excel in home building and remodeling.

Our SAMMY Award

Our SAMMY Award

There were 40 Gold and Crystal Awards presented during the evening and three SAMMY Awards, which recognize excellence in Chicago area real estate media.

We are proud to announce that our company, mRelevance, won a SAMMY for Chicagoland Real Estate Forum!

Whoo hoo!

In an unprecedented blogging event, we managed to post each winner as they accepted their award during the ceremony; you can see each one on our site or by accessing

Another exciting moment last night came when one of our Chicago area builders became the first inductee of the Key Awards Hall of Fame.

“The Key Awards were started in 1972. Out of those 38 years, Orren Pickell Designers & Builders have participated in 18 consecutive years,” said HBAGC’s Rita Unzner. “This is the first year that we have honored a builder for their participation.”

This is a portion of the beautiful room at Meridian Banquets. Check out the lovely harpist in the corner.

This would be a good time to thank Rita for putting together such a beautiful evening.

Another thank you note: I want to shout out a special THANK YOU! to Jenny Stetler of Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. She won four passes from the Sun-Times Media Group to the Chicago Children’s Museum and gave them to me! Too nice. Thanks, Jenny!

I met so many wonderful people last night and am proud to be a part of the Chicagoland real estate community.

Our industry has taken a hard hit during these tough economic times, yet the feeling in the room last night was that of hope, perseverance and comraderie.

Congratulations to all the Key and SAMMY Award winners. Let’s hope for many more positive award ceremonies to come!

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